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For Photos of the BLUE route at the 2016 BMCA trials.


This page is for photographs sent to me from the Midlands Trials club BMCA.

Why the Blue route well this is the sort of sections that we are trying to get back to encourage more into Classic Motorcycle Trials Riding.



Beginners RouteAll Trials shown in BLUE on the fixture list will include a Gentlemen/Beginners route - riders must enter the section through the Section Begins Cards, and exit through the Section Ends Cards, but can ride anywhere within these markers. Riders numbers will indicate the route allowed.




Al Ussher sent me this.



There's always grip at the bottom of Shropshire mud...   so says Micky Parkes! 

   But first you've got to find the bottom...

A lovely section at the BMCA trial, Wilderley, Shropshire on Sunday. Giles Hixon (Cotton) still needs to work hard to get through the 1/2 mile apart Ends...

Ray Barratt has a great time on the 350 Bullet.

And Kevin Walker (Cub) ploughs on regardless, with observer Andy Lane ideally placed...

Best regards, Al Ussher.


All photos on this page are Courtesy of Al "Hammertight"and should be respected.



Giles Hixon ,CoTTon. riding a Proper section.


Kevin Walker, Triumph Cub, and observer Andy Lane tucked well out of harms way.

PS, don't stand behind a bike ploughing through wet MUD.


And Ray Barratt Royal Enfield 350 bullet.

Spells it out in Black and White. No tight turns and not a tape in sight.


Easthope Wood Air Ambulance Trial.

Dont forget this trial in 2018 will you.

The more rigid bikes the better.

No 33 - Dave Beddoes on his Ex-Eck Hyland AJS, No 31 Charles Millington 500T, No 49 Steve Jones AJS who runs Progressive Classic Products - web site worth a look, No 34 Dave Jones on very original Bantam.    Four rigids entered, four rigids finished!   Easthope Wood is on Wenlock Edge....  once a tropical sea!!!      Regards, Al Ussher


Dave Jones Bantam.


Steve Jones. AJS. 


Charles Millington 500t Norton.


Dave Beddoes  Hyland AJS.


Evening Charlie,   Just a clarification regarding our Blue Route, in case I've given you the wrong impression.  Although it is offered as a separate class for Gentlemen/Beginners, the take up by competitors has been low, so far... And it can often be less than straightforward when plotting the blue route because, say, in a stream with steep banks, it might be that the Blue route riders have no option but to stay in the stream and therefore cannot take an easier route between the "Begins" and the "Ends".   Personally, my "rule of thumb" in plotting the Clubman Class sections in my Air Ambulance trial is to make them all rideable by a low ground clearance heavy rigid.  This still leaves ample opportunity to keep the sections interesting and still take marks from the sprung frame riders...   Hope this clarifies things.   Regards, Al


Buildwas trial near Telford.

Charlie,  Full report on BMCA web results page.   No7 Ray Barratt - 350 RE Bullet, No 28 Pete Reed -Triumph,   Joe Owen - Triumph, No 41 Lui Farinaccio - C15, No 37 Kevin Walker - Cub,  No 49 Andy Lane -BSA,  Mike Butler with a little help from his friends! - 8E Francis Barnett, No26 Steve Hay -C15 shows how to tackle the limestone clay and win the event.  Observer in background is Neil Roberton. DSC0788 Pete Reed (Tri) watched by Ray Barratt (350 Bullet).     All the best, Al



Mike Butler Francis Barnett with Villiers 8E engine "All Hands on Deck"



Joe Owen Triumph number 67.



Steve Hay BSA C15 in winning form. number 26.



Andy Lane BSA number 49



Kevin Walker Triumph Cub number 37 showing the section who is master.



Ray Barratt 350 Royal Enfield number 7 with determination.



Lui Farinaccio BSA C15 Number 41.



Pete Reed  Triumph Twin 410  Number 28.


Charlie,   A selection of images from BMCA trial, Leighton on 27 Feb 2016. Full report is on BMCA web.      0979 - Dave Thomas hoping a BSW adjustable can solve his chain problem... on the Sprite. 1016 - Steve Thompson (BSA). 1056 - Ray Barrett - Royal Enfield Bullet. 1030 - Mike Butler - Bantam. 1051 - "Off the beaten track" goes George Houghton -Bantam. 1076 - Merv Powell - Ariel.l 1078 - Kevin Ellis - BSA. 1080 - Ray Barrett's Bullet cools down...      Regards, Al



Ray Barrett's Royal Enfield. Number 60

What a Brilliant View.


I like that BSA. Kevin Ellis, Number 71


Proper Spring like. Mike Butler BSA Bantam. Number 85.


Nice little BSA. Steve Thompson  Number 73


Proper Pre 65 Section. Ray Barrett Royal Enfield nuber 60.


George Houghton BSA Bantam  Having Fun!


Merv Powell Ariel .


Photos Courtesy Al-U and Copyright.

We have all been there , I hope Steve Hipkin is not watching?

Dave Thomas Sprite.

Now back to the "Classics".

Wilderley, Edge of the Long Mynd.

February 2013.


 "Big" Arthur Browning number 35 Jawa.


Ben Millichap number 28 BSA Bantam.


Jim Pickering "Drayton" BSA Bantam number 31 with a "Works" Dab.


Christian Pearson Triumph Tiger Cub Number 24.


Remember this Al ? 2010 Classic Trials Show. Just found it out because I am going to do a page on this bike and others with the BSA/Triumph twin Scooter engines.


BMCA. "BRITISH BIKE" Trial Tanworth-in-Arden 20/03/2016. "Ullenhall".



BMCA, "BRITISH BIKE" Trial at Mockley Manor Farm Tanworth-in-Arden Warwickshire.


Spring was in the air, as the pockets of blue started to appear and sharp shards of golden sun started to pierce the warm muddy coloured cloud. By midday the warmth of  approaching spring was with us.

From a distance the growl that only a Triumph Twin can make was interrupted by the barking of the Royal Enfields and the crack from Arthur Brownings Jawa.

The clucking of the flock of Bantams that seemed to have been breeding well over the winter months,  an Hybrid species named "Drayton", I was told.

The ground drying out over the past week has made an easy job of cleaning the bikes when the chaps get home. One could get caught out though as some of the underlying soil still had movement.

All in all you could not fault the weather, ground conditions, sections,  or riders, but there were a few tricky turns catching them out, and also the lack as is usual of a few more observers, a nice little course of sections on limited ground, and  well worth getting them Brit Bikes out for.

Winners were Joe Owen Tri Twin Intermediate class.

Nigel Randel BSA Bantam Expert route. and Dave Harrison Clubmans route.

There are a couple of shots on Dave's  Bike on the Drayton "BanStar" page.



Photo "Otterman"

Arthur Browning Jawa. you can see the conditions, and the fact that on some sections the riders had to mark the card for each other.

Photo Credit "Otterman".

This Royal Enfield was near to is birth place at Redditch, today.

I must say that it is a very popular breed with the BMCA contingent. some even from India.



Kevin Walker Triumph Cub.

This bike is starting to become a "Star" on this page, and proves you don't need the bling to have a  a superb British Machine that performs very well in virtualy standard trim.


Photo "Otterman".

Twin Triumph, Joe Owen, Intermediate Winner.

Do you know perhaps we  should provide all of observers a seat  for their long stays at their posts, perhaps I will design one up, like a portable Guardsman's station, but with a seat, perhaps?


Photo "Otterman".

Looks like a rogue Cockerel got into the Drayton flock  with this bike ,This is the New Hybrid Villiers Drayton cross. A nice little bike and looks the part for a Classic machine.

The face is also familiar, Charles Millington.


Photo "Otterman".

This I believe is a Indian built Enfield but has made a True British Trials Bike.

 And this guy Oliver Turner was loving his ride on the machine.


Photo Credit Lee Prescott.    

   Oliver Turner Enfield.


Triumph Twin.

Photo Credit "Otterman".

I will finish with this image of a true "British Triumph Machine, it could be mistaken for an ex works machine like Roy Peplow used to ride by the way it has been built, "Great-job"   name of rider Pete Reed .

I have loads more images, that I will use on other Bike specific pages, but I will let you know where they are.

I also have the use when sent me of the 100 plus shots that Lee snapped as well you can see him in the background of the first photo.


Photo "Otterman"

There you go, Lee Prescott Sports Photographer, and top of the range cycle builder...

With Intermediate Class Winner Joe Owen.



Photo Courtesy and copyright Lee Prescott.  

              Rider Andy Briggs.


1958 Greeves Scottish.  

 Check out the New Greeves page now on, 


Photo Credit "Otterman".

Here's a better shot of Joe Owen "Intermediate Winner" riding his Triumph Twin. The Growl of the twin Triumphs is music to your ears.


Photo "Otterman".

Just one last shot of Kevin Walker Triumph Cub.


This is just a start to this page until I am sent more, photos.

I will get to Ullenhall if I can. to take some.

Done That!!


What Next?

Charlie,  A selection from Knighton.  Report will be on BMCA web soon, by Joe Owen.   1272 Bob Greenhough attacks the hill.   1197 Steve Haines - runner-up Inters.  1192 Arthur gets cross-threaded...  1175 Mike Butler attends to a loose sprocket.  1170 First timer Andy Crabb out on a Dot!  1160 Andy Hunt and John Jackson.    Cheers. Al


Photo Courtesy.Hammertight.

Bob Greenhough BSA Bantam takes a run at the climb.

Photo Hammertight.

Steve Haines  Triumph Cub. showing some style.

Photo Hammertight,

Arthur Browning Jawa in a tight spot.

Photo Hammertight.

One for the Greeves Page me thinks. Mike Butler.

Photo Hammertight.

And one for the D.O.T. page. First time out for this Newcomer to the Classic scene. Andy Crabb.

Photo Hammertight.

 Report by Joe Owen now on the BMCA website. Here Andy Hunt and John Jackson talk over the days events.

Gaerstone Shropshire.10/04/2016

Local enthusiasts and riders John Davies and Nigel Houlston had spent a lot of time during the week setting-out the hazards and had deliberately kept the sections wide to give a choice of lines...  Interestingly many riders failed to notice or take advantage of this...   For those who appreciate a lovely old machine in it's natural habitat, it was well worth keeping an eye on Dave Beddoes on his 1932 OK-Supreme fitted with a J.A. Prestwich engine.  Comparatively lightweight, this girder fork rigid 250cc bicycle coped remarkably well with the conditions.  Beddoes first admitted that maybe he should have brought his Bantam, but nearing the end of the trial was revelling in the delight of bringing the Birmingham OK-Supreme back in one piece!   The rubber hose carburettor inlet pipe allowed the instrument to sag downwards on one memorable occasion, pulling the throttle cable and slide suddenly to full chat...  but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a good old rubber inner tube band!     The observers, including former solo grass-tracker Nic Aldridge, had a fair bit of trudging up the hill to reach their sections, but the weather held fine, despite all four seasons in one on the Saturday, and retirements were notably few and all in all a very successful trial and probably some stiff limbs on Monday morning.   But back for more next weekend, when the quest to find the "grip" continues...   "Hammertight".

      Photographs:   No. 6 Chris Chell (BSA) on section three with the Gaerstone in the background.   No. 42 Dave Beddoes 1932 OK Supreme cleans section five.     1299:  The ages roll by...  1419:   Red rubber band "Fix" on the Supreme   1405:   Nigel Randall heads for a big wallop in SteveJones's section...   1376:  Dave Jones chances his luck... on grasstracker Nic Aldridge's section. No 38:   Clubman Winner Bill Woodcock (Bantam)  No 11: Steve Hay at the old homestead ruins observed by Mary Hughes.  1324:   Chris Chell and Mick Bowers pause for reflection...

Photo Courtesy Hammertight.

Dave Beddoes 1932 OK Supreme. Looking Good.


Photo Courtesy Hammertight.

The Old Fixes are the best that's if you could still get Red Rubber car inner-tubes.

Photo Hammertight.

Steve Hay in form again.

Photo Hammertight.

Nigel Randall on the "Edge".

Photo Hammertight.

Dave Jones in "Flight".

Photo, Hammertight.

Clubman Winner. Bill Woodcock BSA Bantam.

The other Photos from this trial taken by "Hammertight" are on the "Mike Mills" "Legend" page, and the D.O.T. page respectively.


Deryk,   Full report is now on BMCA web results pages. Will also send photographs to Charlie for his BMCA page.       Photographs:  1546- Graham Greaves - First Drayton Bantam built by Jim Pickering.  1571- Dave Beddoes - 1932 250cc OK-Supreme with JAP motor.   1572- OK-Supreme with Dave Beddoes cleans section ten on all four visits!   1601- Kevin Hall - Cub.  1627- John Davies -350cc Triumph in Crusader Frame.    Built by Mick Parkes, sold to John Davies, sold to Nigel Houlston who rebuilt her, resold to John Davies!   John first competed at Mucklestone in the seventies...   Was photographed in ORR on a Greeves successfully getting over a high river step in one of your Welsh events...?  1662- Mick Parkes what he refers to as a "Brit-Shock"    based on 1960 Bantam frame, Cub sub frame, Drayton motor, 348 Montesa tank.   1665- Nicklin Greeves is subject to some serious thoughts... by L to R Mick Parkes, Steve Hay, Mike Butler (owner) Jim Pickering and Les Richardson.  1668- Dot rider Geoff and BMCA Observer wife Jean Derricutt and Frank Bourne.  1672- Carol Davis and Frank Bourne - "By the Fireside"   -  Ancient Salamander oil heater -  plenty of heat, noise and flames...   could be mistaken for a pulse-jet powered V1 Flying Bomb motor...  1525- Mick Parkes and John Davies discuss how best to pull the wool over the eyes of the hapless observers...   1614- Bill Bourne eases the Triumph up the rock slabs of section nine. 1582- Joe Owen still manages to keep his feet up on section nine after the Triumph suddenly jumped out of gear...!     Cheers! Hammertight.

All Photos Courtesy "Hammertight" in this section.

Here The True "Britshock" Drayton engined BSA Bantam of Mick Parkes.


A case of not getting enough sleep the night before. I know the feeling!


However you build a machine there is always some that will not agree on the build..

Or Do they like it?

And then the tale is always twisted when it is passed on.


And it is always better talking about it in the warm.   The "Salamander" heater ,that's the one  you can't get insurance on for love or money, when there hot there hot, and when they bubble and spit, you run for your lives.  Are Well.


Its always better to pass the subject on to a committee to come up with the right result.


At least they always see things in "Black and White". well nearly.


And at least see the wood from the trees.


There's always one dark area for discussion though.


Some are just too old to worry about it. 


And some just get on with the job in hand.

 More photos on the Greeves page. And others I will-let you know.

Mike Mills page for one.

Thanks "Hammertight".


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